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Bright Outlook Occupation: Medical Assistant

South Hills Prepares Students for Careers with a BRIGHT OUTLOOK!

Want to know where the job opportunities are likely to be in the next several years? The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Center for O*NET Development published a list of “Bright Outlook Occupations*,” so you can see what’s hot in the labor market. South Hills’ priorities include preparing students for those “in demand” employment and career opportunities AND helping employers find trained and qualified candidates (i.e. OUR GRADS!).

Bright Outlook Occupations are jobs that:

  • Are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years and/or
  • Are predicted to have a large number of job openings and/or
  • Include new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries

Bright Outlook Occupation: Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants are trained professionals that handle both administrative tasks and patient care tasks under the direction of a physician. They perform duties such as gathering and recording patient and insurance information, preparing exam rooms, and providing direct patient care such as drawing blood, administering medications, and measuring vital signs. MAs work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, or ambulatory care facilities. Some also work in dentistry, optometry, pediatric, or other specialty offices. If you are looking for a medical career path that allows for some patient contact and has more regular office hours, this might be the perfect career for you!

  • Projected national growth (2014 – 2024): Much faster than average (14% or higher).
  • Regional demand: This job is designated as a “high priority occupation” by the Central PA Workforce Development Board (Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties) and the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board (Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, Huntingdon, Fulton Counties).
  • Career Pathways: This occupation offers opportunities for advancement and specialization, based on experience and additional training. Medical Assistants may advance into positions such as Medical Office Supervisor/Manager, Medical Records Supervisor, Clinical Office Manager, Medical Assistant Instructor, Healthcare Administration and more.

Learn more about the South Hills Medical Assistant (MA) program.

National Center for O*NET Development. 31-9092.00. O*NET OnLine. Retrieved May 18, 2017, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00

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